DETI Case Studies

Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) for Secure Inter-Site Connectivity

Quatum Secure

The UK’s first industrial quantum secure network, created by the DETI partnership, BT and Toshiba Europe Ltd, has successfully shared live data for remote manufacturing using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), over a 2 month trial period.  This is the first time the capability has been demonstrated using “off the shelf” components and marks the first milestone in DETI’s quantum programme exploring the practical application of this technology.  

This first step of the Secure Inter-Site Connectivity (EC1.4) work programme focuses on the application of secure connectivity in the digitalisation of manufacturing and is one of three key areas in the transformation of engineering.  The digitalisation of design, and also the supply chain are two further aspects which are planned in the programme to enable the modernisation of the entire product lifecycle and process. 

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